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Residents evacuated, natural gas shut off after crash causes significant gas leak in Juneau

Posted at 5:07 PM, Dec 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-30 06:22:53-05

JUNEAU, Wis. — A crash caused damage to a natural gas pipe above the ground in Juneau on Wednesday, resulting in a significant leak of natural gas, according to the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say around 2:30 p.m., a traffic crash happened on STH 26 near the airport, about a mile north of Juneau.

Natural gas to the city of Juneau has been shut off and electricity had been temporarily shut off. As of 8:15 p.m., officials say natural gas will be shut off to about 1,100 homes.

A warming shelter for residents who will be without heat because of the gas being shut off will be at the Horicon High School, 841 Grey St, Horicon, and will be open throughout the night. Officials say to bring sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows if you can. The Red Cross and sheriff's office will be on sight to assist residents.

Repairs will last at least eight hours but could be longer.

Evacuations of a one mile radius occurred earlier in the day. Officials say all residents were given notifications in person and through RAVE messages.

According to the Dodge County Sheriff's Office, there will be long-term road closures in and around the Juneau area.

Unified Command has been established involving Emergency Management, Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, and Juneau Fire Departments.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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